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Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Gift Card Holder

Here's my Memorial Day thank you note to the troops. It's a gift card holder and meant to be used when they come home to help out with all the household expenses as they look for new work. The card stock is Night of Navy and the lighter blue is Brocade Blue.

While I look forward to the Color Renovation, I'm going to miss all the color options. I'm so picky on what I want for a specific project. I'll miss the three blues at the top of the Rich Regals palette, at least for a little while. Make sure you get your orders in so you don't miss out on the colors you love.

Back to our Memorial Day card. The background stars on the Brocade Blue are a Jumbo Wheel called Classic Stars (#111254). The sentiment is is Real Red from the set Picture This (#118538). The dotted star is a stamp from a retired set but you could use one from the set Seeing Stars on page 123 of the 2009-2010 catalog (#115352) or punch one out from the wheel with the Large Star punch (#110710). The small red star is card stock punched out using Star punch (#109045).

Here's the gift card part.

The card stock is folded so that you can tuck a gift card into it! How sweet is that?

Here's how it looks before you adhere the angles together. The Night of Navy is cut 12x4 inches. Score the card at 4 and 8 inches. Fold diagonally between the 4 and 8 inch score marks. It's just that simple. Make sure to stick the angles down with mono adhesive or sticky strip to hold it all together! That's it!!

If you're wondering where CAS Manic Monday went ... we'll be back next week. I thought some of us might be stamping today so included a few more deets on this card.

Remember I'll send you the Last Chance List sometime tomorrow, so check your e-mail boxes. I'll try to post it on my blog as soon as I can. If you are ordering color specific accessories that are retired colors you may want to hop on line right away and order through my website.

If you place an order through my website or though me I'll send you a card and enclose small samples of the new Core Colors!

Take care and see you tomorrow,
Much love and joy,


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bloomin' Beautiful on DSP

Good Sunday Morning ladies!

I wanted to let you know that catalog preorder is starting so don't forget to order your new 2010-2011 catalog soon!

Today I've got a simple card using the stamp set Bloomin' Beautiful (#111490). I took retired pink DSP with a muted pattern, and stamped the flowers on with Brown StazOn ink. I then colored them with Watercolor Pencils (#101879)
I mounted the DSP on Chocolate Chip card stock, used the same ink on the same paper to create the greeting. I used Styled Silver Hardware (#111325) to accent the greeting and finished it off with some Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (#109032). Easy peasy, huh? Remember to cut the card stock the long way for this one.

Gosh, I'm so excited about the new catalog I can hardly wait. We've been running like crazy enjoying the stellar weather but I have to admit sitting and stamping today really appeals to me. I don't know that I'll get an opportunity to do it but ... I can hope!

Church starts later now that it's summer which seems backwards to me. I'd rather start later in the winter when it's cold, dark and messy outside and start earlier in the summer when you're up with the birds anyway.

I'd better fly,
God bless you and yours,


Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's Scrappin' Saturday!

Hi Everyone!
It's Scrappin' Saturday! But first I want to announce the winner of this week's BLOG CANDY. Drum roll please..... JEAN W! Congratulations and I'll be in touch!

Thanks for playing everyone and keep you eye on the blog for fun new opportunities from time to time. Now ... on to scrapbooking.

I have a 12x12 two page layout for you today. I'm subjecting you to more of my Mexico scrapbook. I lived in Guadalajara for a while one summer while I attended La Escuela del Arte (the School of the Arts). So, here is the first page.

There is the left hand scrap page. Notice the numbers on the pictures. They are described on the facing page I use punches and the Big Shot a LOT when I scrapbook.

The butterflies are an exclusive SU die called Beautiful Butterflies (#114507) The sunflower is the Clear Circle die (#114533) cut out of chocolate chip card stock and run through the Big Shot using the Stampin' Up! Backgrounds texture plate small polka dots (#114512).

I then mounted the chocolate chip center on a piece of Summer Sun card stock cut out with the Scallop Circle (#113468). The designer patterned paper is from The Write Stuff (#115674). The arrow is the My Way punch (#110709) and the leaves are the Little Leaves sizzlet (#114511) in Old Olive. The numbers are from the SU Sissix alphabet Go Go Boots (#113450). The little camera and the two kids with the sign stamps are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Travel Time. I've used All in the Family as well (page 84 #113488) to stamp people. Finally we have the metal edge tag (#103374) and the Crushed Curry 1/2 inch polka dot grosgrain ribbon (#115614) to finish off the page.

Here is the facing page. You can see I stuck with the same format with variations, like running the ribbon from side to side. Most ingredients are the same except for a few items. I used the Scallop Square die (#115950) in Soft Suede to mat the photo in the upper left. and the yellow flower is the Flower Burst Embosslit (#114515).

The large journaling area is from The Write Stuff and explains the picture numbers. Let me give you a better look at that.

You can see that the die cut image had alternating buff and saffron lines for journaling. This made it so simple to read. I used the welcome stamp from the Warm Word stamp set (#115108) and the little girl is from the All in the Family stamp set (#113488).

That's it for me today. Simple and easy scrap pages for you! Now for the fun part ... Love The Write Stuff Specialty paper and die cuts after seeing them used? Buy a pack of The Write Stuff and one package of coordinating 8 1/2 x 11 card stock ... I'll cut out and GIVE you
  • The large sunflower die cut image
  • The scallop square mat image
  • All three butterfly images
  • 2 Little Leaves images
  • A flower burst image
  • and a metal edge tag
all for your own scrap book pages! If you order on line you will need to pick up your images separately. If you order through me directly just give me a call or email me at Karen's Write Stuff Die Cut Giveaway. Make sure you put WRITE STUFF in the subject line.

I'm selling catalogs at $10 each with a coupon for $5 off your first order! if you order and pay by the end of June. Book a private class and you'll get a coupon for $10 off your order at the class along with hostess benefits.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and we'll talk next week soon,
Much love and joy,


Friday, May 28, 2010

It's 3-D Friday!

Hi Stampers and Scrappers!
Today is 3D Friday and I've got a note box for you. The DSP I used is retired but you can use any DSP you have on hand. The notes inside are 3x3 with our small envelopes. The notes are kept in  the box with a belly band that I slid toward the bottom of the box.

I decorated it with Pretty in Pink 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon, a Flower Fusion rose red felt flower and a crystal rhinestone brad from the Pretties Kit.

The notes are cut from Purely Pomegranate (You could easily use Rose Red) and Pretty in Pink with Very Vanilla envelopes.

Here's aside view to better show off the DSP I used for the entire box. This project was soooo easy!
Thanks for stopping by and we'll see you tomorrow for Scrappin' Saturday! Have a great Memorial Day weekend! If you're traveling please stay safe.

Don't forget to sign up for Blog Candy! You have until 5:00 today to enter the drawing! I'll post the winner tomorrow morning.

A special shout out to all our men at arms, past and present. You're doing a great job and we love you.

Here's our special military someone. My father fought in Korea. This is the back of his headstone. Miss you, Dad!

Happy Memorial Day everyone!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pretties Kit Flower Vase

Here is a fun one! I used Rich Razzleberry and Always Artichoke card stock for the card and mat. I used WW (Whisper White) for the main panel. I scored the panel at every half inch in a diagonal pattern both directions to get the grid look.

I used the Ornament Punch from the Holiday Mini catalog and punched the vase from Cottage Wall DSP (#115671). I wonder if they will have the punch in the 2010-2011 IB&C (Idea Book & Catalog). I would guess so ... but don't quote me on that. You could use a circle or oval punch for a vase as well.

I used flowers with stems, beads and half pearls from the Pretties kit (#109114) and tinted them with Rich Razzleberry ink and an aqua painter (#103954). I attached a button from the Sherbet Designer Buttons (#116312) and ran some Always Artichoke though my Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Sissix Die Little Leaves (#114511). And that's it! Remember to register for the Blog Candy give away, listed below!

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow,
Much love and joy,


Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Here's the blog candy! Four card sized sheets of Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry textured card stock, eight sheets of 6x6 double sided Designer Series patterned paper, a snail adhesive refill and matching grosgrain polka dot ribbon in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.
This is how you win ....
1. Visit my blog
2. Look at projects for today, tomorrow and Friday.
3. Leave a comment saying what you think of the project, and that I should enter your name in the blog candy drawing. Leave your first name, last name initial and your e-mail address so I can contact the winner. Normally, the comment function requires a Google account and word verification to stop spammers. For the next three days you should be able to leave comments without those restrictions.I'll activate that now.
4. WIN! I'll put your names in a hat and on Friday, after 5:00 p.m. I'll draw to see who wins!

It's that easy!! The first card, using the Embrace Life stamp set, is posted below.
Good luck!

Edited by Karen: The basket is NOT part of the prize :-)

Embrace Life

Happy Wednesday!
Hope you're all enjoying the fabulous weather! I know we are!

Today I have a card using the Embrace Life set (#114958). The base card is made from Kraft (now known as Crumb Cake) card stock. The other colors are Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green. I stamped Garden Green ink onto the garden green card stock and adhered it to the Kraft card. The eggplant went on next for the top portion of the card. The card is cut the long way so that it opens on the bottom. I tied the eggplant ribbon around it before mounting the greeting.

The greeting was the tricky part. You need to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to alight the words in a square and that's easier to do without the artwork in the middle. I ended up doing the artwork on confetti card stock, punching it out with the 1 1/4 inch square punch (#104400) and matting it with the 1 3/8 square (#103375) in eggplant. Before sticking the artwork square to the mat, I positioned it in the middle of the Kraft piece and drew a line around it with a pencil. This enabled me to stamp the words while using the stamp positioner without the bulk of the double square in the way.

I stamped the greeting in eggplant, then I put the mat and greeting on the card.

Have a great day today! We're supposed to get a little rain and I really hope we do since we didn't water the garden last night based on that assumption.

Happy Stampin'! We'll see you tomorrow with another great project. Make sure to check out the Links I Love area of this blogs for some more awesome cards and scrapbook pages!

Much love and joy,


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sunrise Burning Off the Fog

I absolutely adore this set. I used the grass in Inspired by Nature (#111656). The card stock used was Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green and Apricot Appeal. The artwork is on the Apricot card stock obviously. I masked the area of the sun and sponged on Pumpkin Pie classic ink. I gave an extra shadow on the bottom to look like land in the distance.

Then I took of off the circle mask and stamped the grass on in Chocolate Chip to give a silhouetted look to the art. With a couple of vintage brads I was done! Looks complicated, couldn't be easier! You'll probably see a number of cards from me using this set. It's one of my favorites.

The day dawns sunny and summery! I can't wait to get out in it.
God bless and stamp something, will ya??
Much love and joy,


Monday, May 24, 2010

Manic Monday CAS card - A Sympathy Card

Hey everyone!

It's Manic Monday so I'm posting a CAS (Clean and Simple) card once again. This card uses Baja Breeze card stock (coming back July 1!) and Whisper White card stock. Simply run the card through your Sissix Big Shot using aStampin' Up! Backgrounds #1 texture plate (#114512) I used shims and spritzed card stock with water before running this through so I got a deeper impression.

Take a scrap of Baja card stock and stamp your greeting. I used Close As a Memory (#114946) stamp set.
I mounted it on WW card stock and tied an WW Organza ribbon (#114319 )on it to finish it off. I like the tone on tone effect for sympathy cards, it's restful visually.

The day here promises to be in the 90s so I've go the house open and am pulling in fresh air. That way, if I have to run AC later I won't feel penned in. Isn't it weird? I can be inside with the heat on and no windows open and I'm fine. Put the Air on and close the windows and I feel a little trapped. Don't get me wrong! I'm overjoyed to turn on that air when it gets this sticky and hot, I just love feeling the weather, ya know?

Well, we'll see you tomorrow. Happy Manic Monday!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

House Mouse Friend card

I rarely use anything other than SU product but sometimes these little mice get me, right here (hand over heart). I used Bermuda Bay card stock and used the punch on the bottom. I then used the punch on 1 1/2 inch strips of Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry. The ribbons were the same colors obviously. Don't you love the way SU matches everything!?

The stamp is on Watercolor paper and double matted on mambo and curry. I used Stampin' Write makers to outline the line art and then bled them with an aqua painter for shading. I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the dandelion puff as a final touch. It makes me smile to look at these little critters. Here's hoping SU comes out with more nature and whimsical critter stamps ... remember the hedgehogs? Loved 'em!

Have a great Sunday. I have to fly. Church starts in a half hour and I'm still talking to you.
God bless,


Saturday, May 22, 2010

It's Scrappin' Saturday!

Hello there!

This is the first page of a two page spread. The pages are 8 1/2 x 11.

We used Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip card stock. I pulled the caramel color from the moon the artist is sitting on and went with it for both pages.

The ribbon is Kraft (Crumb Cake) taffeta and the brads are the chocolate chip epoxy brads that were sold in the Occasions Mini catalog. I heard a rumor that they made it into the new 2009-10 catalog but don't quote me on it ...

I cut each of the rest of his top ten in uniform sizes and adhered them to the page. I thought about doing the little lists on the computer and still might but I'm trying to get over my own handwriting, you know? It might look more polished but when I look back it's fun to see what various people's handwriting looks like.
I numbered the pics so there wouldn't be any confusion on which was which, that I did stamp. It's a fairly bare page once again but the focus is top ten list itself. I'd like to do one about every 5 years or so. I started one for myself too but haven't finished that one.

Thanks for stopping by my Cyber Craft Room. Have a lovely Saturday and see you tomorrow!
Much love and joy,


Friday, May 21, 2010

3D Friday Calendar Notebook

Hey everyone!

Welcome to my Cyber Craft Room. It's 3D Friday and I've brought out a project that I made some time ago because the colors are coming back! It's cloudy right now so I took the photo sitting on the edge of the window to capture light. I know I need to get some 12x12 paper and make a light box but I just haven't done it yet.

This project was a lot of fun and faster than you think! I started with the 5x5 Art Journal (#108495) and covered the front with Riding Hood Red DSP. I used the Spiral punch (#108341) to create the holes for laying the DSP over the notebook spirals.  I contrasted the RH Red DSP with Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze and So Saffron DSP from the same paper pack. I added the baja, saffron and chocolate buttons from various offers in the SU catty with mini glue dots.  I stamped the tree from Trendy Trees (#113258) onto WW card stock with So Saffron then moved the image down a little and restamped in Riding Hood Red. It doesn't show up here but it really gave it some added dimension. I matted the image on So Saffron card stock and raised with with Stampin' Dimensionals to give it even more pop.

The ribbon is Riding Hood Red Taffeta. For a final touch I tied, baja, RH Red and ch chip taffeta at the top on the spirals. On the inside I used the set Full Calendar (#114966) and stamped a month on each page in Baja Breeze.

That's all there was to it!
God bless and have a great day!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's Thursday Already!

Here I am with Circle Circus again! This card was so fast and easy!

I used:
  • Card stock in Textured More Mustard, Melon Mambo, WW and Old Olive
  • Accessories: Metal Tag, Markers, Three for You punch, Mustard brad, Scallop Edge punch.
That's it! I did stamp the image onto WW card stock and then glue it to the tag otherwise I kept catching the edge of the stamp in the metal rim and coming up wit a skewed image.

Also, I have a question. I received some Spellbinders Nestabilities for my birthday a few days ago. I was able to cut the shapes by using the sandwich recipe for the Big Shot on the directions, how do I emboss? What's the sandwich on that one? Everytime I do what it says I cut an image. It mentions tan embossing pads in the directions but I don't want to buy more non-SU stuff, KWIM? Any help would be appreciated.

Have a great day and see you tomorrow for 3D Friday!

Much love and joy,


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Hump Day!

Good Morning everyone!

It's hump day and it feels like it. This cards is a direct CASE from a wonderful designer on Splitcoast. I'm so sorry I don't remember the name to give you credit!! But ... if you see it, know that I loved it and that you are thanked. ;-)

This card uses the Circle Circus stamp set (#115778) as well as the Smarty Pants set (#115070).The card stock is Kraft (what WILL be known as Crumb Cake!) Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Chocolate Chip. The images were stamped on WW. The DSP was from Razzleberry Lemonade (#115675). I used 1/2 inch Polka-Dot Grosgrain ribbon in Melon Mambo and a Chocolate Chip Corduroy button.  I love this set so you may see a few cards posted with it in the next few days.

Hope all is well with you and that you're finding time to scrap and stamp! Check out some of the Links I Love and see what my stampin' pals are up to. They are some amazing women!
Much love and joy,


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trendy Trees in Spring and Stamps for Sale!

Trendy Trees (#113258) is such a cute stamp set. I see that one of my trees is crooked, but then maybe it's planted on a hill, right? It's just such a springy set and I'm feeling springy as the temps reach 80 degrees and 90 on Sunday! For us that's a big deal here in the northern climes.
Spring came early this year and that was awesome, so it figures summer would. The trees leafed out early and I found myself intrigued by all the different shades of green. To that end I blended greens I don't usually mix.

I used the Big Shot Textured Plates #4 (#114531) to make the bark looking Mellow Moss portion of hte card. I mixed moss and Old Olive which seemed to work. I used an aquapainter to ground the image. The mat is Chocolate Chip cardstock. I used the Large Oval punch (#107305) and the Scallop Oval punch (#114889) to create the greeting.

Remember, I'm taking preorder for the new 2010-2011Stampin' Up! catalog! Make sure to get your order in soon. The cost for the catalog is $9.95. Club members get their catalogs for free as hostess benefits, as do dated workshops. Contact me to get your 200+ page catty soon!

Stamps for Sale! Check out last week Tuesday's post for previous offers!

This stamp set is called Comfort Food and is a Level I hostess set. Typically, hostess sets are not for sale and can only be earned when you host a workshop of over $150 in sales or more. This is a retired set that I earned. It has only been used once and the rubber is clean. It is $10 plus $5 shipping. Contact me at Karen's Stamp Sale if you want to buy this set. I only have one, so when it's gone it's gone.

This set is called Congrats and is an SAB set. Price is $8 plus $5 Priority Mail flat rate shipping.

Polka Dot Punches
This set matches the Large Heart punch, the Five Petal Flower punch, the Scallop Circle punch and the
1 1/4 " Circle Punch. SAB set. Price $8 shipping $5

This is a Level I hostess set called Organic Grace. Price is $10 plus $5 shipping.

This is a level 2 hostess set called Make It Count. You would have needed a workshop of sales over $300 to earn this set. The price is $12 plus $5 shipping.

This is an SAB set called Lots of Thoughts. Price is $8 with shipping of $5.

This is a Level 1 Hostess set called Say It Simply. Price $10 plus $5 shipping.

This is an SAB set called Friendship Blooms. Price is $8, shipping is $5.

This is a Level 2 hostess set called A Little Bit of Happiness. Price is $12 with shipping $5.

This is a Level 2 Hostess set called Dotted. Price $12 with shipping at $5.

This is a Level 1 Hostess set called Event Full. Price $10, shipping $5.

This is a Level 2 Hostess set called Reverse Prints. Price is $12, shipping is $5.

That's it for the sale items. Remember to check last Tuesday for other stamp sets. I still have some of them left. These stamp sets are in NEW or LIKE NEW condition. I will post if there is major ink on any rubber. Remember, however, that even if the rubber stains it won't affect your artwork.

Most items are shipping in the Priority Mail flat rate packages but some will be shipping in manilla envelopes depending on the size of the set. Contact me at Karen's Stamp Sale to order. While you're stopping by place an order for the new catalog! You won't want to miss this one with TEN NEW COLORS! I can't wait!

Have a great Tuesday and we'll see you tomorrow for another great project,
Much love and joy,